Jason Schermer September 2019

September 2019

THE HEIGHTS SMI LE Herald

The Bond of Siblings 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003

New Experiences in a New School Year

I am officially the father of two high schoolers, which is a thought I’m still getting used to. My eldest had two years of high school on her own, and now, our middle child is starting her freshman year. Meanwhile, our youngest daughter is still in middle school and starting a new school this year, so there’s a lot of changes for everyone. It’s kind of cool to see our girls going to the same school again. They all attended the same elementary school where my wife, Michelle, taught. Since then, they’ve all been divided up among different schools, so it’s nice to see our oldest and middle child in the same place again. I like knowing they can have each other’s backs. Then, in two years, our youngest will be starting high school just as our middle child starts her junior year. My girls are in the same position my brothers and I were in when we were teenagers. When I started high school as a freshman, my older brother was a junior. Two years later, after my older brother graduated and I was starting my junior year, our youngest brother came in as a freshman. It was an interesting experience. We went to a smaller school, so we saw each other often and shared some activities, like band, FBLA, and speech and drama, but we mostly left each other to our own devices. That said, it was nice to know that if I ever needed someone, one of my brothers was there.

It’s kind of cool to see our girls

going to the same

school again.

When I went to college, I had a repeat scenario because I went to the same undergrad as my older brother. Again, he was a junior when I was a freshman. That was a pretty fun experience. We were even in the same frat! Though, I left after my brother graduated because he was the reason I joined. High school and college really set the foundation for the relationship I have with my older brother today. I’m excited to see how our kids develop their adult relationships as they grow through these formative years. Right now, they’re all so excited to start this new school year. My oldest has her driver’s license, so she’ll be driving all three of them to school each day. This is something my brothers and I never had because our house was a 10-minute walk from the school. I’m a little nervous but excited for my girls to have this kind of experience together.

There’s a bond that only siblings share, after going through so many experiences together. If you’re lucky, it’s the kind of bond that lasts a lifetime. My brothers and I didn’t always get along, but I was always glad to have them in my life. I’m sure anyone with siblings can relate to this. My daughters can sometimes be less-than- sisterly to each other, but deep down, they know that if push comes to shove, their sisters will be there for them. Much like how I know that even today, my brothers still have my back if I need them. I’m glad to see my girls creating those same strong bonds with each other.

–-Jason A. Schermer

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